Recent analysis by the Marriage Foundation has found that divorce rates amongst newly wed couples have fallen by over a half dropping to their lowest levels since 1973.
The number of couples divorcing within three years of marriage has halved since rates peaked back in 1993. Numbers are down by 39% for couples who make it to 5 years while figures for couples who have made it to ten years together are down by a fifth.
The Marriage Foundation says the drop is almost exclusively down to the fact that fewer women are filing for divorce which they suggest is a result of husbands embracing their share of matrimonial responsibility.
Whilst the figures represent positive change, divorce is still a sad, difficult and on occasion unavoidable situation for some.
You can only commence divorce proceedings after you have been married for a period of 1 year. There is one ground for divorce, this being the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. One must prove one of 5 facts upon divorce; adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation by consent, and 5 years separation.
“Divorces in England and Wales 2017” – a recent report from the Office of National Statistics – found that unreasonable behaviour was the most common fact relied upon for divorce. Until the almost inevitable reform of divorce law to permit no fault divorce this is likely to continue.
At Farleys we have a dedicated family team that can assist with divorce and many more family and matrimonial related matters. Get in touch with a member of the team on 0845 287 0939 or complete our online contact form and someone will get in touch with you.